The Times – Briton of the Year<br/> Neil MacGregor has not only turned the British Museum into the country’s most popular attraction, he has made it perhaps the best museum in the world

Today the British Museum can justifiably claim to be perhaps the best museum in the world, a museum that is inventively exploring and flaunting the breadth of its collection. For this, MacGregor deserves much of the applause. Last year the museum drew six million visitors. On one day the crowds queueing to see its Chinese Terracotta Army exhibition grew so long that, for the first time since the Chartist riots of 1848, the museum gates on Great Russell Street had to be shut to prevent more people coming in.